As part of the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles, Presence Suisse, the City and the Canton of Geneva, asked students of Interior Architecture from HEAD – Geneva to imagine a scenography for a rooftop terrace. Les Périscopes are two architectural devices that connect the terrace to the city with a mirror system, offering a glimpse of the city through two-dimensional images. The terrace finds its function and thus offers a view on Arles.
As part of the “Interior Landscape” studio, students developed a scenography for the HEAD – Geneva fashion show. The main objective of each student’s project was to create a strong and powerful concept, whose image will remain longer than the actual life of the fashion show.
The studio Depuis l’intérieur (From the inside) wants to offer an important voice to interior architects in the debate on the future of the city and housing. Students had to reveal the potentialities of existing housing to the evolution of contemporary lifestyles, and to propose new socio-economic and cultural perspectives.
As part of their Spring 2019 exhibition, the f’ar (forum architectures Lausanne) invited architects Javier Fernandez-Contreras and Youri Kravtchenko to present the exhibition Scènes de Nuit (Night Scenes). Conducted with HEAD’s first-year interior architecture students, Scènes de Nuit attempts to understand nocturnal spatial phenomena through lectures, discussions, walks, meals and screenings.
During the spring semester 2019, the studio “Energy and Climate” chose an element very often present in the interior architecture: water. Students had to highlight an indispensable, necessary and compelling element of interior architecture, in order to discover its formal and programmatic potential.
During a semester, 9 students in interior architecture created a set of shop windows for the brand Montblanc, around the 1858 watch collection. Inspired by the design of pre-war tourist posters, shop windows unveil, with a succession of colored layers, the return to the sources of the collection. Shop windows were visible from April to May 2019, in the flagship store of Montblanc in Geneva.
Interior Architecture students working with students in Visual Communication and Product Design/Jewelry and Accessory present showcases in collaboration with JoAnn Tan Studio. Each window tells the story of an object selected within successful accessory brands developed by HEAD’s graduates.
Aesop has decided to collaborate for the third year in a row with HEAD students to develop the windows of its Geneva boutique and for the creation of an installation that will be presented in Globus department stores in Zurich and Bern.
The Studio “Program and Heritage” focuses on architectural intervention in the existing housing structure. This semester, under the title “Occupé à habiter” (Busy to live), students analyzed a particular case of living together, namely squats between 1980 and 2010 in Geneva. By crossing historical archives and artistic glances, they have restored and reinterpreted squats’ interior spaces.
The “Interior Landscape” studio looked this semester at the renovation of the hall of the Faculty of Sciences – University of Geneva. The entrance hall aims to become the new core of the building and students should design an attractive, modern and friendly reception area.
The studio explores the definition of a new decorative art, resulting from the climate change. Until the invention of central heating and air conditioning, at the beginning of the 20th century, interior decoration, with its curtains, screens, carpets, paneling or tapestries, played a major role in the regulation of interiors’ spaces comfort, facing cold winter or hot summer.
The studio Space and Representation is interested in space and its representation: each space a has a place, each place has a scene. This semester students have reconstructed night scenes from ordinary spaces of our collective memory. Each group received a reference image in the form of a fragment and a scale of construction.
Taking part in Designers’ Saturday, the HEAD – Genève offers an experience between reality and illusion, the #LOOSLAB. Inspired by Adolf Loos, Austrian architect and author of the manifesto Ornament and Crime, the students of the Department of Interior Architecture invite to a reflection on image culture.
During the Introduction Week, students from each level of the three-year interior architecture course took part in a workshop that used Geneva’s public spaces as its study area.
The IN MY HEAD exhibition invites the audience into a 250-square-metre wonderland entirely dedicated to HEAD – Genève, providing insight into the world of the people who work and study at the Geneva School of Art and Design through an immersive maze of rooms.
In the Aesop workshop, HEAD students were invited to design and build two Swiss shop display windows in Bern and Geneva. For a week, 18 students of Interior Architecture, Product Design, Jewellery and Accessories, Visual Communication and Master courses in Space and Communication at HEAD thought up a number of projects before actually designing the two windows.
This semester-long workshop looked at tools for the projection of domestic life. It investigated the art of seeing and the art of constructing what has been seen. In three exercises, the students build machines to improve perceptions in order to know how to build better.
The Swiss team and their solar house, the NeighborHub, won the prestigious Solar Decathlon 2017 competition in the Unites States. The Swiss Living Challenge and its multidisciplinary team – 4 schools, 250 students, 150 supervisors from the professional and academic sectors, and close to 50 sponsors – culminated with the highest award. This unique experience is not only an important victory, but also an unforgettable and educational human adventure.
The studio “Space design & retail design” offers an immersion in the ritual universe of the art of Japanese tea. The sensory aspect assumes great importance here, through taste, touch and smell, but also through vision and hearing. How can we exalt all senses, multiply them and transcend them? How to create a polysensory interactivity and a new tasting gesture? The idea is to rediscover tea in an innovative and astonishing way.
In order to continue the research developed during the last inaugural week, this workshop aims to finalize the construction of a micro speakeasy of 20m2 at the back of a fridge door located at the restaurant Bleu-nuit in Geneva.
For this semester project, the students tried to address the questions asked by the meeting of different lifestyles and their architecture. They dealt with housing issues by working on a large common matrix. Thus, they were able to work on a series of relations between common spaces, circulations and the inhabitants.
The iconic Swiss furniture brand USM invited the Interior Architecture Department of HEAD – Genève to design its entire stand for the Designers’ Saturday event, which took place on 5 and 6 November 2016 in Langenthal. To this end, students worked with only two modular elements, the essence of USM furniture: spheres and pipes. Students designed a “living” grid, candlesticks and a table with vases, to reinterpret the USM brand in a playful and organic way.
As part of ” the week of all is possible” (26-30 October 2015 ), 18 HEAD students worked with Youri Kravtchenko and Lawrence Breitling, EPFL architects, on the realization of a concept for the scenography of the TEDGlobal conference.
Conversation Pieces, an apartment designed entirely by students, gets its name from the English term centrepieces, the decorative arrangements dating back to the Renaissance that are placed on ceremonial tables to generate a conversational topic for guests. Beyond its functional utility, could design also be used for debate?